India News | Press Trust of India | Thursday March 16, 2017
The BJP's landslide victory in state polls has "implications" for Sino-India ties as it could further embolden Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "hard-line attitude" and pose difficulties for "compromises" in disagreements with countries like China, an opinion in China's official media said today. "(Prime Minister) Modi recently led his Bharatiya Jana...
Blog | Rahul Shrivastava | Saturday March 11, 2017
I recall on Sunday, March 5, the "Modi-Modi" chant at Varanasi's Pandeypur from a sea of saffron-capped heads wasn't abating. Every minute, in groups, people with BJP flags in their hands would join the swelling gathering. The BJP had prepared for the PM's Road Show Number Two in Varanasi in as many days. Campaigning was to end the next day.
Blog | IP Bajpai | Friday March 10, 2017
Whatever else the exit polls may or may not say, they do confirm the big election story - that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has almost single-handedly lifted the BJP in Uttar Pradesh from the depths of despair to one where they are predicted to win outright or at least emerge as the largest single party.
Opinion | Mihir Swarup Sharma | Friday March 10, 2017
Of course, these polls will be forgotten once the real results start coming in on Saturday. But nothing that they have revealed dents the meta-narrative that has been true for months, even years, now: that Narendra Modi is proceeding swiftly, with assistance from the AAP, towards his long-term goal of a Congress-mukt Bharat.
India News | NDTV News Desk | Sunday March 5, 2017
The BJP has the best chance to win Uttar Pradesh at 55% to 65%, followed by the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance with a 30% to 40% chance and the BSP with 5% to 10%. This is not based on opinion or exit polls but on the general impression gathered from the ground by an NDTV team of Prannoy Roy and other experts who travelled across the state, wher...
India News | Sunday March 5, 2017
The ongoing assembly election in Uttar Pradesh has proved to be a high-octane, intense three way battle between the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, the BJP and Mayawatis Bahujan Samaj Party.
Opinion | Derek O'Brien | Monday February 27, 2017
Following the municipal elections in Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai, I've been struck by the cynicism and apathy in the media and even among politicians. They appear convinced that our cities are irredeemable and nothing can be done to rescue them.
Blog | Tejas Mehta | Friday February 24, 2017
Spin doctors can take it easy. Look at it upar se or neeche se. Or look at it straight in the eye. There is only one conclusion after the results of Mumbai's civic body elections: it's an absolutely stunning and staggering saffron sweep.
Opinion | Mihir Swarup Sharma | Friday February 24, 2017
Essentially, the BJP is the new Congress. And, in many words, terrible as this is for the Congress, it's not great news for the BJP either.
Opinion | Rana Ayyub | Thursday February 23, 2017
Nagpur boy Devendra Fadnavis and his one-time political rival and union Minister Nitin Gadkari have managed to retain Maharashtra for the BJP.
India News | Written by Alok Pandey | Thursday February 23, 2017
If caste equations play a dominant role in Uttar Pradesh politics, on the ground, its reflection can be seen in villages like Harijanpur. Blatantly named after castes or groupings of their residents, such villages can be found in every corner of the state. Harijanpur -- 20 km on an extremely bad road from Chitrakoot's Manikpur block and home to 530...
India News | Reported by Sreenivasan Jain, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Wednesday February 22, 2017
Yogi Adityanath, BJP lawmaker and star campaigner in Uttar Pradesh, today offered his own, fact-free interpretation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments on Sunday alleging religious discrimination by the state's Samajwadi Party government.
Opinion | Ashutosh | Friday February 10, 2017
Are opinion polls rigged in India, or are they done by those who have no expertise? It is a very uncomfortable question, but the time has come to ask it.
Opinion | Rana Ayyub | Saturday January 28, 2017
It came as no surprise to anyone when last week the Modi-led NDA government awarded Sharad Pawar with the Padma Vibhushan. Within a day, the Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray announced that it would fight alone in the election for the very important Mumbai corporation or BMC.
Opinion | Jyoti Malhotra | Friday January 27, 2017
The sight of Arab troops marching down Rajpath for the first time ever is an intensely transforming moment, not only for India's relationship with the United Arab Emirates - from where the contingent came - or the rest of the Arab world, but also an incredibly ambitious attempt by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to once again pitch himself as a reliab...
Opinion | Swati Chaturvedi | Monday January 23, 2017
So the Congress is finally acknowledging that Priyanka Gandhi is very much in politics and calling the shots that matter such as being the chief negotiator in the critical alliance with Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party. Ahmed Patel, Congress leader and Political Secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi is a taciturn politician who is known to s...
India News | Sreenivasan Jain With Inputs From Sonal Matharu | Friday January 20, 2017
"Hello sir, I am calling from a media house," says a young woman hunched over a phone in Lucknow. Nearly 70 others packed into the non-descript three-storey house in a quiet Lucknow suburb are making similar introductions. At the other end of the line are voters, or village-level influencers, who the callers hope to win over in support of their cli...
Opinion | Swati Chaturvedi | Tuesday January 17, 2017
At the BJP headquarters in Delhi on Sunday, Shiv Prakash, the sangathan mantri or liaison loaned from the RSS to the party, found himself the sudden target of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's wrath. As names of candidates for UP were being discussed in the presence of Varun Gandhi, Kalraj Mishra, Ram Lal and other leaders crucial for Uttar Prade...
Opinion | Swati Chaturvedi | Sunday January 8, 2017
As the electoral stop-watch ticks, watch this space - UP has a way of turning every relationship and alliance on its head.
Opinion | Swati Chaturvedi | Friday December 30, 2016
"Tipu Bhaiya agey badoh, hum tumharey saath, Amar Singh saanp hai" (Tipu (Akhilesh) we are with you, Amar Singh is a snake): these slogans rent the chilly, foggy Lucknow night as Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled UP Chief Minister and son Akhilesh as also his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav from the Samajwadi Party for six years. "Teflon Tipu'' h...
Opinion | Chandan Mitra | Friday December 2, 2016
The recent civic polls and by-election results in Maharashtra and Gujarat reaffirm that the Prime Minister's support has not been dented by the cash crunch and the opposition has erred badly in reading the public mood.
World News | Reuters | Wednesday November 9, 2016
Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton waged a tight battle in several crucial battleground states on Tuesday in their bitter race for the White House, although opinion polls showed Clinton had an edge in the closing hours of the campaign.
World News | Reuters | Wednesday November 9, 2016
Polls began to close in the long and bitter race for the White House between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump on Tuesday, with last-minute opinion polls giving Clinton the edge in the final hours of the race.
World News | Reuters | Tuesday November 8, 2016
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump crisscrossed the United States on Monday, racing to sway undecided voters and to get their supporters to vote in a tight presidential contest that opinion polls show narrowly favoring Clinton.
Opinion | Feroze Varun Gandhi | Monday November 7, 2016
As the United States goes to the polls on November 8, the world waits with baited breath. Polls are increasingly tightening, with Hillary Clinton leading by 11 points a week ago and cratering to 3 points currently. Donald Trump is the closest he's been to the presidency till date.
World News | Reuters | Saturday November 5, 2016
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by 4 percentage points in a four-war race for the Nov. 8 election, according to a Washington Post-ABC News opinion poll of likely voters released on Friday.
World News | Reuters | Wednesday October 26, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned her supporters on Tuesday against complacency as opinion polls show her holding a clear lead over Republican rival Donald Trump with exactly two weeks left until the November 8 election.
World News | Reuters | Tuesday October 11, 2016
Hillary Clinton's campaign is confronting an emerging risk to her presidential ambitions - if Donald Trump continues to trail her in opinion polls many Democrats may simply stay at home on Election Day.
World News | Reuters | Thursday September 29, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shared a stage with former rival Senator Bernie Sanders on Wednesday to appeal for youth votes in the Nov. 8 election as opinion polls show a close race with Republican Donald Trump.
Opinion | Stephen Stromberg, The Washington Post | Wednesday September 28, 2016
The most surprising thing about the debate is that Trump entered it virtually tied with Clinton. It should have meant nothing. But, given where the polls are at the moment, I hope it means a lot.